EGYPT: 2 MONKS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ABBOT'S KILLING
April 26, 2019:
An Egyptian court on 24 April 2019 sentenced two monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. (Sources: Ap, 24/04/2019)
The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the verdict for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal.
The two were convicted of killing of Bishop Epiphanius, an abbot at St. Macarius Monastery built in the 4th century, in July.
The abbot's shocking death shook Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest in the world and the one that gave monasticism to the faith.